Story posted October 04, 2010
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips provide a unique opportunity for students to participate in an intensive public service experience while increasing their understanding of significant social and environmental problems. Engaged in direct service relating to these problems, students live and work in communities with which they otherwise may have little contact. Being completely immersed in this environment over an extended period of time allows students to internalize their experience, which can serve as a springboard for a lifelong commitment to social change.
Applications for the 2011 ASB program are now available and are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 26. Trips will take place the first week of spring break, from March 12-20. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Colin Joyner, x4224 or Krista Bahm.
The link to the ASB application is at the bottom of this page. Please read through the following information before you apply.
Adventures in Appalachia
Travel to the former coal mining community of Beards Fork, WV to learn about affordable housing as well as issues impacting rural America. Volunteers will work with the Southern Appalachian Labor School to build and repair local homes.
Building Blocks in Pontotoc
Spend your spring break learning about affordable housing and rural poverty. Volunteers will address these issues by building homes with Habitat for Humanity in northern Mississippi.
Generosity in Georgia: Refugee Resettlement
Learn about refugee resettlement and help refugees form a new life in Atlanta, GA. Volunteers will work with various organizations to prepare for the arrival of newcomers and provide educational services to the current Atlanta refugee community.
Harvesting Communities in Immokalee
Spend a week working with and learning from the migrant workers of Immokalee, Florida. Help address issues of inequality, wage disparities, human rights and poverty with community organizations and political action groups.
Lives and Laws of the Oglala Sioux
Combat poverty and learn about the unique housing and legal issues of Native American populations by participating in direct service and advocacy at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Explore the distinct tribal laws of the Oglala Sioux through volunteer work and connect with local community leaders.
Providing a Safe Passage
Help break the cycle of poverty with Safe Passage, an organization that creates opportunities for Guatemala City's poorest children through the power of education. Assist Guatemalan teachers, meet the families that make their living off the Guatemala City dump, and learn about the legacy of Safe Passage's founder, Hanley Denning '92.
When I Say Urban, You Say Promise
Lend a hand at Urban Promise in Camden, NJ while exploring the issues of urban education and poverty. Work with children in classrooms and volunteer with school maintenance projects that help keep the organization's operational costs low.
All ASB participants will be required to attend weekly meetings at the end of fall semester and throughout the spring semester to prepare them for their service experience. The seminar may include educational visits from Bowdoin professors, reading assignments, film viewings, and team-building activities. During the trip, students participate in all service activities, daily reflection activities, and evening group activities at the site. This is an immersion program, so living and serving conditions may be uncomfortable or very different than what students are accustomed to. Upon their return, all ASB participants take part in Perspectives, an all-trip discussion and photo exhibit.
Begin your application by clicking on the link below. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. Applicants will be notified by November 9. Trips will take place the first week of spring break, March 12-20. By submitting an application, you agree to take part fully in all the requirements of the Alternative Spring Break program. If you would like to see the questions on the application before filling it out, click here.
Applications are DUE Tuesday, October 26 by 5pm.